How bad is your sleep

The Epworth Sleepiness Scale

The Epworth Sleepiness Scale is a questionnaire developed by Dr. Murray Johns of Melbourne to measure daytime sleepiness.  You can use our interactive online form below, or Click Here to download a PDF version of the Form.

Using the rating scale below, rate each of the following statements as it best applies to you:

 

Key:
0 = would never doze
1 = slight chance of dozing
2 = moderate chance of dozing
3 = high chance of dozing.

Situation    0     1     2     3
Sitting and reading
Watching TV
Sitting inactive in a public place (eg. theatre or at a meeting)
As a passenger in a car for an hour without a break
Lying down to rest in the afternoon when circumstances permit
Sitting and talking to someone
Sitting quietly after lunch without alcohol
In a car, while stopped for a few minutes in traffic

    Your Score  

Result What your ESS result indicates
Less than 10 You are most likely getting enough sleep
However, if you have noticed a change in your normal sleep routine, you may want to discuss this with your doctor.
10 - 16 Your may be suffering from excessive daytime sleepiness
You should see you Doctor to determine the cause of your sleepiness and possible treatment.  
Your Doctor may refer you to Sleep Services Australia for a home-based sleep study to assist in your diagnosis.
16+ You are dangerously sleepy
It is imperative that you see your Doctor to determine the cause of your sleepiness, and to investigate treatment as soon as possible.  Your Doctor can refer you to Sleep Services Australia for a sleep study to assist in your diagnosis.

* This scale should not be used to make your own diagnosis. It is intended as a tool to help you identify your own level of daytime sleepiness, which can often by a symptom of many sleep disorders.

If your score is 10 or more, please call us on 02 9264 9120 

* Please Note - true excessive daytime sleepiness is almost always caused by an underlying medical condition that can be easily diagnosed and effectively treated.

*Table based on ESS table devised by Dr M. W .Johns Copyright 1991 (Source: Sleep 1991; 14(6): 540-545).

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